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chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2013 10:06 IST
Navleen Lakhi

Mention the word ‘spa’, and most of us would think it comes only in the bracket of luxury. But that’s not how Sweden-based Marie Andren, spa director of European Union, looks at it.

The lady, in city to deliver a lecture at International Spa Convention held in city at Hotel Mountview on Saturday, says, “In India, people treat spa as more of a luxury option than necessity. There is still lack of awareness here.”

Andren, while sharing more about Swedish spa, which is not available in city, says, “A study says that Swedish spa is the most-booked spa everywhere in the world. It is very popular worldwide. In Chandigarh, more of spa therapies from Thailand are available. Swedish spa therapies differ in a way that these are available as both cold and hot treatments. In Sweden people from all age groups feel the necessity for such therapies. So, a lot of family spas are available there.”

“Swedish spa includes deep tissue massage, which detoxifies body and mind, something essential in these stressful times,” says this spa expert who has been a consultant for various spas in the European Union.

Her visit also aims at materialising the idea of opening a spa institute in Chandigarh. She says, “There is a huge potential in this field. Also, the market is very big. A recent report says that India will require 6,500 people in the field of wellness in the next five years. The need of the hour is that people should start taking it seriously.”